Arts Council grants top $2 million
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#1 Jun 13, 2007
These awards are racist and a complete waste of money.
The Children's museum got $240,000 - BUT they have a quarter billion dollars in the bank - check their Form 990. They only charge admission to keep the neighborhood kids out. Guess what color the neighborhood kids are ?
The ISO only plays music written by dead white men.
99% of WFYI programming is white.
People dying in the streets and they give out $2 million for art ?
#2 Jun 13, 2007
Wait, hold on, I am finishing playing my violin. I don't know where to start except to say what an absurd person you come across as.
The Children's Museum is racist how? It has free days when people can attend and it runs several programs specifically targeted toward disadvantaged individuals. The Symphony plays Classical music that is what classical symphonies play, if it played hip-hop, jazz, or bluegrass then it would not be classical symphony. It is not racist to appreciate a certain form of music and the culture and history that goes along with it.
Also, many of the theatres which received grants, including the Phoenix Theatre, the Walker Theatre, etc. put on productions about, written by, starring, and specifically targeting minorities--including African-Americans, etc.
Yes, there is racism in Indianapolis, and it sure as HELL is NOT in the arts grants. It occurs everyday when poor black people are victims of crime, including murder, at a horrifically disporportionately high rate--as they have been for DECADES. It also happens when a large number of the poor, black and other minority children in the city are relegated to receiving a substandard education at IPS.
Those are REAL examples of racism. You don't know what you are posting about and you simply want to stir the pot by posting a lot of B.S. which you think is provocative. If you HONESTLY cared about racism in Indianapolis you wouldn't be wasting your time posting about completely legitimate and innocuous arts grants and you would be posting about crime, education, etc.
#3 Jun 13, 2007
Chris...Look at the Children's Museum's Form 990. At the end of 2004, it had NET assets of $294,319,307. WHY are they receiving a grant ? WHY do they charge admission, except to keep black kids from the neighborhood out of the museum, so all the Carmel people can "enjoy" it !
Yeah, crime is a problem and IPS hsould be closed down. A good use of the $2 million would be more cops in high-crime areas, not so the head of the Children's Museum can buy another ivory back-scratcher !
I see you must agree that WFYI's programming is about as balanced as apartheid-era South African TV.
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